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- Aug 7, 2020
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In the three years that the TVS Apache RR 310 has been on sale, we have seen the bike receive two very significant updates. The current model is leagues better than what we first got to sample in late 2017. In fact, our recent spin on the updated Apache RR 310 has made us fall head over heels with the supersport. And while it might not be the most powerful, it is quite potent. Our road test video of the RR 310 has received a lot of comments, so thank you for getting in touch with us. While few of you had loads of positives to say about the bike, some of you still had some queries. Here are the answers to the top questions:
Does Urban mode give you more mileage?
Yes, it does. With the inclusion of ride-by-wire and four riding modes, TVS has been able to alter the engine output and ABS intrusion levels on the Apache RR 310. While Track and Sport give you access to 34PS and 27Nm, Urban mode restricts the engine to produce 25.8PS and 25Nm. The torque response is slightly better at lower speeds and with GTT+ (advanced version of the Glide Through Traffic feature that works in all six gears in Urban mode), the RR 310 was able to deliver 33.1kmpl in the city, 2.1kmpl more than the BS4 model.
Can shorter riders (around 5ft 6in) flat foot the bike?
The rider triangle on the RR 310 has not been altered. At 810mm, the saddle height is not too high. It might be a bit of a stretch for shorter riders to have both feet firmly grounded but you need not have to worry about it too much at traffic junctions. In fact, one of our boys does own the first-gen Apache RR 310 and is on the shorter side. He has faced no problems whatsoever until now with the bike and we are sure, you won’t either.
How are the headlamps? Are they bright enough?
Again, there are no changes to the bi-LED projector headlight setup on the RR 310. The units brightly lit up poorly-lit roads and offered great visibility for night riding.
Is there any way to reduce the weight on the Apache RR 310?
There are loads of ways to reduce the weight on the RR 310. You first need to go on an only-fluids diet, follow a strict workout regimen and do intermittent fasting. All of that will ideally help the nut connecting the handlebar to the seat loose some flab. But in all seriousness, there isn’t much on the Apache RR 310 that you can do to lessen the kerb weight. If you are going to ride solo, then maybe ditch the pillion footpegs, which could save you a couple of hundred grams. Removal of the tyre-hugger (which is somewhat of an eyesore on the new bike) would also reduce a kilo but nothing so drastic that will dramatically improve the performance of the bike. If you are preparing the bike up for purely track usage, the sky's the limit. If not, then you shouldn’t bother much.
Is it fantastic for long distance touring?
The riding posture on the Apache RR 310 while sporty is not overly committed. The clip-on bars are raised, the pegs aren’t too rear set and the seat height isn’t too tall. And with enough room in the saddle to fit two and a half Zarans, larger riders will not feel constricted. The engine vibrations have been damped better now, allowing you to sustain speeds of around 100-120kmph on the highway without any of the harsh buzziness experienced on the older bike. Even the windshield is mounted differently to avoid chattering at high speeds.
Is it worth buying over the Ninja 300? Why not spend just Rs 55,000 more and get the Ninja?
A (relatively) high-strung single, however refined, will not be a match for a twin. So if your heart is set on getting the Kawasaki Ninja 300, then we cannot influence you to pick the RR 310 over it. But you cannot buy the small Ninja from your local Kawasaki dealer any longer as the BS6 updates are yet to arrive. Plus, when it does get the necessary updates, the asking price is bound to go higher than Rs 2.99 lakh. So if the price difference is around Rs 55,000 now, expect it to go up to around Rs 70,000 or more once the Ninja 300 BS6 arrives. Are you willing to shell out that much extra for the Ninja? We wouldn’t think so.
WE NEED NORTON’S V4 ENGINE IN THIS FLESH AND UNDER Rs TEN LAKHS!
Yeah, that’s what should happen. Also, pigs would fly, COVID-19 could be defeated by simply staying at home and taking a Crocin, and Parle G wouldn’t crumble when dipped in hot chai. Ok, we can still defeat COVID-19 by staying at home but the others aren’t going to come to fruition and neither is this preposterous idea of having a V4 sportbike under Rs 10 lakh.
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